Less than a week after introducing Brian Scott as the new driver for the No. 9 Ford, Richard Petty Motorsports announced on Wednesday that Chris Heroy will serve as the team’s crew chief.
A four-year veteran crew chief, Heroy joins RPM from Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates, where he most recently served as a crew chief for Kyle Larson. Heroy helped Larson to the 2014 Sprint Cup Rookie of the Year honors, and in all earned 10 top fives and 27 top 10s. The crew chief also known as "Shine" also worked with Juan Pablo Montoya before his return to open-wheel racing.
Heroy hopes to use the expience of leading Larson’s successful rookie effort in his quest to lead Scott to a Rookie of the Year title of his own.
"I’m really excited to join the team," said Heroy. "I really enjoyed working with Kyle (Larson) for his rookie season, and I’m looking forward to working with Brian (Scott) as he works toward the Rookie of the Year title. This team has done a great job building consistency over the past year and continuing their winning tradition is a top priority, and I believe we can accomplish that this season. I’m excited to work with Trent (Owens) as well. We worked together when Kyle was racing for both Ganassi and TurnerScott. I think we will work well together, and we can get Richard Petty Motorsports to Victory Lane."
While Aric Almirola finished the 2015 season 17th in the overall series standings, RPM officials hope the addition of Scott and Heroy help lead to more overall success within the organizations.
"Chris will be a great addition to our team," said vice president of competition Sammy Johns. "Not only does he have experience working with a rookie driver, he’s also worked with Trent in the past. So, he will be able to hit the ground running. There is a very talented rookie class this year in the Sprint Cup Series, and I expect to see Brian and Chris challenging for the Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors."